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Flew QR907 MEL-DOH on Fri/Saturday UK time – flight was full and left/arrived pretty much spot on time. QR007 DOH-LHR was on an old A330 instead of the 777-300 promised so not sure if the decrease in passenger capacity was due to unpleasantries with the neighbours or just an old fashioned load related switcheroo. Flight was full and although it had to follow that narrow corridor over the Gulf up to Iran it arrived at LHR fairly punctually.Qatar has been aggressive in flight prices from Oz to Europe and has forced Emirates and Etihad to follow suit, with sale economy prices of $AU1500 now common even in high season to keep loads high. I think in part this is due to the massive increase in capacity between the East Coast and China. I think once they get the layover time down to a minimum sub-$AU1000 economy flights to key European cities on Chinese airlines will be common provided fuel costs remain low.

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